Celebrating the River Run ribbon cutting

You can't help but notice that the Great Miami River looks a tad different these days.

Perhaps it's its reflection off the newly painted River Run Floodwall?

The 953-foot floodwall on the north side of the river opposite RiverScape MetroPark got a colorful facelift recently as part of the RiverScape River Run project, the signature project of the Greater Downtown Dayton Plan. Designed by local artist and graphic designer Amy Deal, the 953-foot mural had dozens of Dayton supporters, including elected officials and art professionals and more involved in its fundraising, lining the wall to cut the large red ceremonial ribbon.

>>> Get to know Dayton artist and graphic designer Amy Deal.

"This might be the longest ribbon-cutting we've ever done," exclaimed Sandy Gudorf , president of the Downtown Dayton Partnership at the ribbon-cutting.

The Greater Downtown Dayton Plan is a multipronged economic development initiative and strategic blueprint for our center city, and pushes to build on the downtown area’s present strengths to build the area into a competitive, bustling city that would boost Dayton’s economy.

The design selection committee and supporters include The Downtown Dayton Partnership, Miami Conservancy District, Five Rivers MetroParks the CareSource Foundation, the Ohio Facilities Construction Commission and Cox Media Group Ohio. MCD kickstarted the process when they rehabilitated the 90-year-old wall in fall 2014.

Get more info about the RiverScape River Run project and more downtown efforts from downtowndayton.org.

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